Acer Eyeing September for Phoneblet Release

August 11, 2011
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    Call it tablet, phone, phoneblet, tabphone, phab, phlate, phablet, padfone, phad, tabone, or some other creative portmanteau that you can come up with for a phone that’s also a tablet. Acer Germany has new word about its version of such a device–the Acer Iconia Smart.

    According to Acer Germany, the Acer Iconia Smart will be released some time in September. We presume they’re going to debut this hybrid device at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA)an international consumer electronics fair to be held in Berlin this coming September.

    Acer first showed the world the Acer Iconia Smart at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 held earlier this year.

    The latest update from Acer regarding the Iconia Smart shows that the device will have the same specs showed off at the MWC: 4.8-inch touchscreen, 1024×480 display resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, single-core 1.0-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, primary and secondary cameras, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and DLNA support.

    The expected retail price for the Acer Iconia Smart is about US$710 (EUR500), although the price may go down a bit when–and if ever–the handset reaches U.S. carriers.

    Samsung is also reportedly launching a similar hybrid device–the Samsung Galaxy Q–at the Berlin expo. The Samsung Q is rumored to sport a whopping 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.

    Looks like the phone-tablet hybrid devices are finally coming in September. What do you think of such hybrid devices?

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